New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman may have been a victim of the Houston Astros and Carlos Beltran stealing signs in 2017.
The biggest story around MLB this week is the alleged sign-stealing by the Houston Astros back in 2017. Wouldn’t you know, the New York Mets are directly connected to it.
During their championship run, an important part of the Astros’ roster was current Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Being a spectator is one thing. However, it is reported that Beltran may have had a big part of the cheating.
I’m not sure how this will actually affect the Mets, but an interesting wrench in the matter is the fact that Marcus Stroman was a victim of Houston. He’s not being shy about it either.
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Stroman has shared several tweets both mocking the satirically mocking the situation and showing evidence. In one video he retweeted, it includes an appearance by him in a game against the Astros down in Houston. There are banging noises and whistles present on particular pitches of his. One part of the video even includes an appearance by Beltran.
Beltran has yet to manage a game in New York and already there’s controversy swirling. Even if he is punished, the bigger concern for me is how this will affect his relationship with the players. In particular, how will Stroman react?
Stroman isn’t afraid to speak his mind. During his years with the Toronto Blue Jays, he became a notable personality in baseball much like Noah Syndergaard has.
How he spins this when confronted will only compare to the amount of spin new Astros pitchers suddenly gain on their fastballs once they join the organization.
This story is far from over. I expect MLB to check every warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse to find who was responsible. There’s no story to distract from what the Astros did. Add on the comments made by former Assistant General Manager Brandon Taubman, the organization has become a major heel in sports.
As a manager in today’s era, the relationship with players is one of the bigger responsibilities. The Mets thought they were hiring a guy who could relate to younger players and inspire some confidence.
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Unfortunately, they may need to deal with some fallout from the investigation and a tarnished reputation for Beltran in the eyes of his players.